EFCC Unlawfully Detaining Me, Ex-Jonathan’s Aide Cries out


A former Special Assistant on Domestic Affairs to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Waripamo-Owei Emmanuel Dudafa, has lamented how the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has allegedly unlawfully detained him since April 17, 2016.

He accused the anti-graft agency of its plans to perpetually keep him in prison, despite meeting the bail conditions spelt out by a Federal High Court in Lagos.
Dudafa said the commission was desperate to forever keep him  prison, and accusing it with a hidden agenda to kill him.

 In a letter to the Chairman, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), he said his deteriorating health was made known to EFCC through a medical report issued August 29, 2016 by the Nigerian Prison Service, Ikoyi, yet, he is abandoned in  the prison.

“Despite the herculean bail conditions, I was able to meet all the conditions of bail in respect of the two cases and applied to the EFCC to fulfill their part of bail. It was to verify the title documents of my sureties at the Land  Registry and also to deposit my passport with the court, which has continued to be in their custody.

 “Various attempts by my counsel to ensure that the EFCC deposits my passport with the court since I was granted bail  has proven abortive. This is irrespective of the fact the court, at various sittings, compelled and/or ordered the EFCC to release the said passport but it has continued to flout the order of the court,” Dudafa lamented.

He also complained that the commission has blatantly refused to verify the title documents provided by his surety at the Land Registry for over two months, in relation to bail  conditions granted by Hon. Justice Kuewumi.

 According to him, the EFCC, through its officials at STF3 is deliberately  punishing him, simply for his loyalty to his former boss and his family.
Hear him: “My only sin is that I have refused to yield to their pressure to write false statements to incriminate the  former first family.

 “The state of my health has continued to worsen on a daily basis while being mischievously kept in prison and my survival is currently on the brink. I, therefore, plead with you sir, to use your amiable office to intervene speedily in my current predicament in the hands of EFCC.
“This is a clear case of arbitrary use of power, flagrant disregard to court order and breach of my fundamental human rights as a lawful citizen of Nigeria, as guaranteed by the 1999 Constitution.”